Asian VOD service HOOQ is dramatically expanding its lineup of original series, announcing plans to create 100 more this year across a range of genres.
The expanded lineup will run the gamut from scripted dramas and comedies to factual and lifestyle and will be produced across the HOOQ footprint, including in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and India. Shows are being developed for both the SVOD and freemium tiers. “There is an increasing demand for high-quality entertainment in developing and emerging markets to tell the stories that resonate with those in the region,” said Jennifer Batty, chief content officer of HOOQ. “Whether it’s the latest local and regional stories, or Hollywood and international, we’re investing more to bring HOOQ users the most engaging storylines, immersive narratives and exemplary productions that will not only challenge conventions, but also captivate their attention and imagination. We are super excited to bring them even more shows and films that we’re sure they’ll love.”
The platform also announced the winner of the second edition of the HOOQ Filmmakers Guild, Singapore’s She’s A Terrorist And I Love Her, created by Terence Chea and Haresh Tilani of the comedy brand Ministry of Funny. The eight-episode series is set to air in 2020.
Bryan Seah, head of original productions at HOOQ, noted, “The response from HOOQ users to this year’s Filmmaker’s Guild finalists has been incredible and is a true testament to the abundance of creative talent in Asia. HOOQ is committed to uncovering the true gems of Asian filmmaking, and that’s why we are very pleased to helm a third season of the Guild. We look forward to elevating and working with the best creatives in our region and producing more stories from Asia, for Asia.”